I did tai chi outside this morning. I almost didn’t. All through my Druidic work this morning, I was besieged by tiny flying insects. If it were May, I’d call them mayflies — about that big, about that annoying, all over my face and arms and bare feet. Augh! Maybe I called down the three rays of light, but it felt like I was performing the Sign of St. Stephen instead.
From Druidry, I moved on to qi gong. And something curious happened. As I finished the cycle of Five Golden Coins, the cloud of insects lessened. By the time I finished Eight Pieces of Brocade, they were gone. And I did the tai chi routine in peace.
The last few days, and today, I’ve really been concentrating on my flanks. I realized that all the bending over was strengthening my legs, but it was also really harming my abdominal wall, which was bulging a bit from the extra work. So on the twisting motions, of which there are quite a lot, I tried to be conscious of them muscle groups between my waist and armpit today. I think it was rewarding. As with all things, don’t overdo it.
Next Thursday marks the halfway point of my second year, and three-quarters of the way through two years. I don’t know if I should count it as a milestone or not, but I plan on doing something to celebrate at that point. Not sure quite what I’ll do, but something will turn up, I’m sure. What would you do?